List of safe herbs & spices for parrots

A healthy, varied and nutritious diet for your parrot includes:

  1. A reputable parrot pellet brand
  2. Fruits (bird-safe list here)
  3. Vegetables (bird-safe list here)
  4. Grains (bird-safe list here)
  5. Flowers (bird-safe list here)
  6. Herbs and spices
  7. Sprouts (bird-safe list here)
  8. Nuts (occasionally) (bird-safe list here)
  9. Seeds (sparingly) (bird-safe list here)

Important notes

  • It is recommended to offer your bird a variety of different herbs and spices
  • Fresh or dried herbs in this list is safe for birds
  • This list of herbs and spices is the entirety of what we know are safe for parrots. If you know about a safe herb or spice that have not been included, please contact us. However please do not contact us asking about other herbs or spices not listed
Alfalfa Alfalfa safe for parrots  
Anise (Star anise) Star anise safe for parrots Entire pod and seed is safe for parrots
Barberry Root Barberry root safe for parrots  
Bay leaf Bay leaf safe for parrots  

Basil

Thai Basil

Holy Basil (Tulsi)

Basil 

Basil safe for parrots

Thai Basil 

Thai basil safe for parrots

Holy Basil (Tulsi)

Holy basil tulsi safe for parrots

 
Burdock Root Burdock root safe for parrots  
Celery Root Celery root safe for parrots  

Ceylon Cinnamon Sticks

(True cinnamon)

Ceylon cinnamon safe for parrots

Powdered or whole Ceylon cinnamon is safe for parrots

Cassia/Chinese cinnamon is NOT SAFE because of extremely high levels of coumarin, a blood thinner that is toxic and can cause liver damage or failure. 

Cassia Chinese cinnamon unsafe for parrots

Chicory root Chicory root safe for parrots  
Cloves Cloves safe for parrots  
Coriander (Cilantro) Coriander cilantro safe for parrots Seeds and leaves are safe
Dandelion leaf Dandelion leaf safe for parrots

Helps with digestion and liver function and weight loss in overweight birds

High in calcium

Improves skin and feather quality

Dill Dill safe for parrots  
Ginger Root Ginger root safe for parrots  
Horseradish Root Horseradish root safe for parrots  
Lemongrass Lemongrass safe for parrots  
Lemonbalm Lemonbalm safe for parrots  
Marjoram Marjoram safe for parrots  
Mint Mint safe for parrots Calming and soothing herb, great for anxious or plucking birds
Nettle leaf Nettle leaf safe for parrots  
Oregano Oregano safe for parrots Add oregano to fresh chop to prevent microbial growth
Parsley Parsley safe for parrots

Feed moderately as parsley contains oxalic acid

Oxalic acid grabs calcium and forms calcium oxalate – the main ingredient in kidney stones

Peppermint Peppermint safe for parrots Great for digestive upset
Raspberry leaves Raspberry leaf safe for parrots Great for egg bound birds or birds laying eggs
Rosemary Rosemary safe for parrots  
Rooibos leaf Rooibos safe for parrots  
Sage Sage safe for parrots  
St. John’s Wort St John's Wort safe for parrots  
Thyme Thyme safe for parrots  
Turmeric Turmeric safe for parrots   

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